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A 2D1N Getaway in Singapore — Chinatown, Where Traditions Are Preserved

Michelin-starred cuisine aside, explore exciting activities Chinatown has to offer!


Posted on August 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Chinatown may be full of heritage elements like temples, traditional herb shops and hawker centres surrounded by the skyscrapers of the Central Business District, but it’s full of history and wonders waiting to be discovered.

2PM: Check Into Your Hotel

With so much history on the streets of Chinatown, pick one of these converted shophouse boutique hotels to bunk in for the night:

Hotel Mono Photo credit: Hotel Mono
Hotel Mono
Hotel Soloha @ Chinatown Photo credit: Hotel Soloha @ Chinatown
Hotel Soloha @ Chinatown
Amoy Hotel Photo credit: Amoy Hotel
Amoy Hotel
Heritage Collection on Seah Photo credit: Heritage Collection on Seah
Heritage Collection on Seah

3PM: Revisit Nature at Pearl's Hill City Park

Start your afternoon with a casual stroll at Pearl's Hill City Park. Given its tranquility, you can expect to take in the sights and sounds of nature, away from the bustling city life.

Grab a bunch of snacks and relax by the pond before moving to your next activity.

Entrance Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 24hrs

How to get there: 7min walk from Chinatown MRT


3:30PM: Relieve Stress and Pick Up a New Skill

New skills aside, some of these workshops do wonders at relieving the daily stresses of life. Explore your own creativity by making your very own tableware at The Potter’s Guilt or learn about how sounds and vibrations can boost immunity and reduce anxiety at the Sound Healing Therapy Workshop.

The Potter’s Guilt

Cost: S$80/pax for a 3-hour introductory session

Workshop Timings: Varies

How to get there: 2min walk from Pearl's Hill City Park

The Singing Bowl Gallery

Cost: From S$120/pax

Workshop Timings: Varies

How to get there: 7min walk from Telok Ayer or Chinatown MRT


6:30PM: Take a Break from the Heat


The Moon has upper floor spaces for you to rest and have a coffee!

If you’re not too hungry, check out these hidden hangouts that are just a two-minute walk from Chinatown. Perfect for coffee and cakes while indulging in a book.

The Moon Bookstore & Cafe

Cost: From $7/pax

Opening hours: 11AM – 6PM

How to get there: 2min walk from Chinatown MRT

Grids & Circles

Cost: From $6/pax

Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM

How to get there: 2min walk from Chinatown MRT


8PM: Local Favourites and Affordable Michelin Food for Dinner


A bowl of yummy mala!

You can't beat the local favourites here in Singapore. Whether it’s bak chor mee, Michelin-starred chicken rice (Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle) or bak kut teh, we have one of the most flavourful dishes in the world — while staying affordable! Chinatown isn't lacking when it comes to delicious food, so head to one of these hawker centres for a feast!

Chinatown Complex

Cost: From S$5/pax

Opening hours: 8AM – 10:30PM

How to get there: 2min walk from Chinatown MRT

People’s Park Complex

Cost: From S$5/pax

Opening hours: 7:30AM – 10:30PM

How to get there: Just outside Chinatown MRT

Hong Lim Market and Food Centre

Cost: From S$5/pax

Opening hours: 7AM – 9PM

How to get there: 4min walk from Chinatown MRT


9PM: Go Bar-hopping on Keong Saik Road

Here in Chinatown, your day doesn’t end at dinner. Wind (or rather wine 😉) down at Keong Saik's many cafés and bars that stretch over a mile. We recommend:

Potato Head Singapore

Cost: From S$15 for alcoholic beverages

Opening hours: 5PM – 10:30PM

How to get there: 6min walk from Outram Park MRT or Chinatown MRT

Jekyll & Hyde

Cost: From S$15

Opening hours: 4PM – 10:30PM (Tue – Fri), 11AM – 10:30PM (Sat), 11AM – 6PM (Sun), closed on Mon

How to get there: 6min walk from Outram Park MRT, 8min walk from Chinatown MRT

Little Creatures

Cost: From S$9 for alcoholic beverages

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

How to get there: 4min walk from Chinatown MRT


Next Day 11AM: Check Out and Have Brunch

Photo credit: Misstamchiak.com

After a night out bar-hopping, sleep in and wake up in time for brunch! Of course, just as much as the neighbourhood of Keong Saik is lively at night, there's lots to explore in the day too. Take your pick of one of these cafés to start your day right.

Keong Saik Bakery

Cost: From S$8/pax

Opening hours: 10:30AM – 7:30PM (Tue – Sun), 10:30AM – 5PM (Mon)

How to get there: 5min walk from Outram Park MRT

The Populus

Cost: From S$18/pax

Opening hours: 9AM – 7PM, closes 9:30PM on Thu and Fri

How to get there: 3min walk from Outram Park MRT

PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill

Cost: From S$25/pax

Opening hours: 11:30AM – 10PM

How to get there: 7min walk from Chinatown MRT


The old-time appeal of Chinatown isn’t just confined to its temples or street stalls. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find these new and hip lifestyle establishments tucked away between the age-old shophouses.

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2D1N Getaway in Singapore
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Itinerary Summary:
  • 2PM: Check Into Your Hotel
  • 3PM: Revisit Nature at Pearl's Hill City Park
  • 3:30PM: Relieve Stress and Pick Up a New Skill
  • 6:30PM: Take a Break from the Heat
  • 8PM: Local Favourites and Affordable Michelin Food for Dinner
  • 9PM: Go Bar-hopping on Keong Saik Road
  • Next Day 11AM: Check Out and Have Brunch

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